By Krista Murray
Plenty of us have been in a situation that we didn’t want to be in. Either you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, or even the right place at the wrong time, but this situation scarred your emotionally awkward instability for life. For me, it was in the summer of 2009, but that is a story for a different time. On the bright side, it turns out movie characters seem to have more of an awkward existence than our own, and that is something to be thankful for when Thanksgiving comes around. I don’t know about you, but finding out that you have fathered 533 children through an anonymous fertility clinic is one of those awkward situations. Ah, the movies.
David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) is a life slacker who has never reached his full potential of being a decent man, until the day 142 of the 533 children he anonymously fathered for money 20 years ago, file a lawsuit against him in order to reveal his identity. David then decides to visit each one of the 142 children without presenting himself as their father, but rather as a guardian angel. This outrageous plot is simply a backdrop to a film that just couldn’t decide whether to be funny or serious.
Vaughn gives the expected regular comedic performance and with a supporting cast including Chris Pratt, Britt Robertson and Colbie Smulders. Delivery Man does present hilarious situations and heartwarming moments, but the two do not coincide, leaving an uneven final product that never quite finds its footing.
Save Delivery Man for the DVD, but sit back and enjoy the film as it parades the fact that your life probably couldn’t get as awkward as Wozniak’s. Probably.
Delivery Man opens November 22nd.